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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and Attorney General Lori Swanson have sued Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics, alleging it illegally markets a fentanyl painkiller. The suit filed Wednesday, May 30, claims the company allowed fentanyl, an opioid it sells, to be used for conditions not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration and in higher doses than allowed. It is only approved for pain in some cancer patients.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House majority leader will not seek re-election this year so she can take a job with the Minnesota Rural Electric Association. Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, announced Wednesday, May 30, that she will become the group's legal advisor and will lead its government affairs work at the state and federal levels.
CRYSTAL, Minn. — Authorities have identified the deputy who shot a man after a standoff May 23 in the Twin Cities suburb of Crystal. The Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Deputy Allen Magelssen has been a licensed deputy with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office since 2006.
ST. PAUL -- Six separate crashes killed six in Minnesota over the Memorial Day weekend, pushing overall fatalities for the year over last year’s number for the same time, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said . Preliminary numbers released on Tuesday, May 29, show 118 people have died in traffic crashes this year compared to 115 at this time last year. Authorities arrested 374 people for DWI over the holiday weekend and 10,566 for all of 2018.
PLUMMER, Minn. -- Authorities on Tuesday, May 29, released the identity of a 45-year-old man killed in an ATV crash that happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Plummer in far northwest Minnesota. The Red Lake County Sheriff’s Department said James Congdon was riding the ATV home from a neighbor’s house about four blocks away when his 2008 Kawasaki overturned while he was negotiating a corner. He was not wearing a helmet, said the sheriff’s department.
DULUTH — Two teenagers were rescued from Lake Superior Friday afternoon, May 25, off of Park Point after their inflatable raft drifted too far out to safely return. The call came in at about 2:24 p.m. of two women on an inflatable raft in Lake Superior that was approximately a half mile out from shore near the 2100 block of Minnesota Avenue. They appeared to be unable to swim back to shore, according to authorities. The Duluth Fire Department and U.S. Coast Guard made contact with the pair and brought them back to shore.
MILWAUKEE — Adam Thielen has never had a bobblehead made in his likeness. So two bobbleheads for the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver is worth a head nod or two. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled two officially licensed bobbleheads of the Detroit Lakes, Minn., native. One is in his Minnesota State, Mankato college uniform and the other as a Viking.
CRYSTAL, Minn. -- Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one hospitalized Wednesday night, May 23, in this eastern Twin Cities suburb. The individual is being treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota will use extra law enforcement to target speeding motorists July 6-22, the Department of Public Safety announced Thursday, May 24. Authorities say Memorial Day through Labor Day marks the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads.
PINE RIVER— A church in the north-central Minnesota town of Pine River was destroyed by fire Wednesday, May 23. About 2:30 p.m., a fire was reported at Faith Assembly of God Church in Pine River with radio traffic on the police scanner indicated the building was "fully engulfed" in flames. Firefighters tried to contain the flames, as well as retrieve whatever documents, books, and valuables could be saved from the church offices.